band name etiquette
March 4, 2005 7:32 AM Subscribe
What is the etiquette involved in using a band name that is similar to one already in existence.
posted by Kellydamnit to Media & Arts (26 answers total)
Sorry, I'm attempting to keep this vague. My husband's fairly new band has been working under a name for a bit. It's a refrence from a commonish early 80s horror movie, in the format "number word-word". They recently found out that another band is using a similar name (theirs is in the format "word number") and has been for about six months longer than they have.
The other band is in another country, and doesn't seem to leave their city for shows. Would that make a difference? They're all thinking it's different enough to be OK, and since both are local bands not likely to ever run in the same circles or be confused with one another. I'm a bit more iffy on the legality of it.